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Botha Says No Sonny Bill Repeat, Vows Quick Parker KO

Francois Botha says he will take some frustration out on young Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker in the first fight since his loss to Sonny Bill Williams.

South African boxer Francois Botha says the best way to remove the bitter memory of his loss to Sonny Bill Williams is to clobber another New Zealand heavyweight.

The 44-year-old will face rising Kiwi Joseph Parker in Auckland on June 13 in his first fight since the controversial defeat against Williams at Brisbane in February.

Allegations of corruption, bribes and a failed drugs test followed Williams' win on points. Botha also complained that the fight was cut from 12 rounds to 10 by the Williams camp as the former All Black began to struggle in the closing stages.

"I can't wait to get back into the ring," said Botha ahead of the eight-round bout.

"It will be something of a cleansing for what happened earlier in the year."

The man dubbed the "White Buffalo" said he had given up trying to negotiate a rematch with Williams.

"Everyone knows what happened in Australia," he said.

"I was getting control of the fight - he was ready to go down and the fight was called off. It was criminal.

"I'm not going to wait around for Sonny to make up his mind about a rematch. I don't trust anything that camp says so I'm more than happy to smash Joseph Parker up in the meantime."

The eight-round fight is a sizeable step up for Parker, 21, who is touted as New Zealand's best heavyweight prospect since David Tua.

His four professional wins have come against New Zealand opponents of moderate standard.

"Botha has fashioned a great record for himself so I'm not going to fire back at him," Parker said.

"My previous wins have been against guys who I should beat. I've been challenged but not in the way that I need to be.

"This is a line in the sand type of fight. By the end of it, we will all know where I stand."

Botha has won 48 of 61 fights, including 29 by knockout. Some of his more notable losses have been to former world champions Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

He said Parker was foolish to accept the fight so early in his career.

"After what happened against Sonny I don't trust too many people in boxing so I'm not going to allow the fight against Parker to go to the judges.

"It will be a quick fight. The kid is out of his depth and he'll know that in round one."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jim Ross on 04-08-2013

Botha should be able to win this tbh, Parker isn't up to much he was an [I]ok[/I] amateur and is a rank novice pro who hasn't shown much of anything so far, and now jumping up in class to face…

Comment by joe strong on 04-08-2013

i hope the 44 year old just cleans the floor with parker...

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